I was looking at pearl necklaces at department stores, and nothing really seemed worth the money -- really small pearl necklaces that aren't knotted between each pearl (just strung together loosely) cost a lot at retail! I bought this necklace and it's exactly what I needed -- a heavy, sturdy pearl rope that I can fiddle with at work (I'm the fidgety type). The quality is good for "AA", the pearls are not completely round and do have flaws, but are not too noticeable. And the necklace is knotted between each pearl, so you feel like it's secure and durable. Not 5 stars only because it doesn't quite hang perfectly -- the knotting makes it a little crooked. But otherwise, I am very happy with this purchase.